NSA planned to harvest user’s information from Google’s app store

  • 22/05/2015 at 23:39 by It's a Gadget Staff
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WiretappingHow far should security go, and how much privacy should be taken from citizens in the name of security is a question asked by many. Is it security if the NSA (National Security Agency.) hack into the Google Play store to put spyware on smartphones?

This is something the NSA planned to do in conjunction with its allies in the “Five Eyes” alliance of the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Who would have been targeted, why they were targeted, and what, if any, safe guards were in place for any innocent people caught up in the surveillance are questions unanswered. Agencies like the NSA are losing the trust of people they’re supposed to be protecting, if they haven’t already lost it.

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Logjam Attack Affects Large Number of Websites

  • 21/05/2015 at 08:02 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Security KeyA new attack vulnerability has been found that has ten of thousands of HTTPS-protect websites, mail servers and other internet services open to eavesdropping. There are 8.4% of the top million websites open to this vulnerability and more mail services using the IPv4 address space. The issue is found in the Diffie-Hellman key exchange, and the attack called Logjam. Mail servers that use simple mail transfer protocol with StartTLS, secure POP3 and IMAP are vulnerable in 14.8 percent, 8.9 percent and 8.4 percent.

The Diffie-Hellman key exchange was designed for users who have no contact with each other can send encrypted information to each other. A shared key is agreed upon using the Diffie-Hellman key exchange for allowing Internet protocols on a negotiated secure connection. HTTPS, SSH, IPsec, SMTPS and other protocols that need TLS require the Diffie-Hellman key exchange.

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Tech companies recommanded Obama to reject the backdoor encryption software

  • 20/05/2015 at 23:15 by It's a Gadget Staff
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NSA Spy ViewShould the U.S. government force tech companies to put a backdoor into encrypted information on communications devices to allow them to easily decrypt an individual’s information? Google, Apple, leading cryptologists and others have sent a letter to President Obama addressing some voices in Washington who want to be able to easily access a citizen’s personal information.

Senior law enforcement officials warn about their inability to access data is a public threat as tech companies create more and more sophisticated encryption methods.

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KickStarter Phree pen device can actually write anywhere

Phree Pen DeviceThe Phree is an interesting device that will probably be very useful to a lot of people. The Phree is a pen that can write on pretty much everything and input the data to a mobile device. So you can picture it, look at the armrest of your chair, get a pen and write.

Whatever you just wrote would be sent to you phone or tablet just like that. You could be at work, taking notes during a meeting without needing paper, at university and quickly want to jot down some advice without taking out your phone or laptop. If you need to get it written down right now, the Phree pretty much makes that possible via Bluetooth connection.

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Google will test Self-Drive Cars on Public Roads

  • 15/05/2015 at 23:57 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Google No Steering Wheel CarSelf-driving cars are closer to becoming a reality, as Google announces testing to be done with prototypes around Mountain View, California. Safety drivers will be aboard in case there are any problems that require the vehicle to be driven manually.

For many people who don’t drive, a self-driving car will open up new opportunities for them. Children could be driven to school as the parents prepare for work, families may not need to purchase two cars are the self-driving car can pick up passengers while one family member is at the shops or work. It’s almost possible that self-driving cars could reduce accidents caused by human error by 94%, which is massive.

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Why Verizon purchases AOL in a huge media deal

  • 12/05/2015 at 23:26 by It's a Gadget Staff
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VerizonAOL has been off the radar for awhile, despite multiple attempts at reinvention. Now, they will likely finally make a comeback thanks to a deal with Verizon, one of the largest mobile providers in the world. Verizon will be purchasing AOL in full for $4.4 billion.

The basis behind the deal appears to be an attempt to step into mobile content and marketing, a natural area of interest for the major mobile service and product provider.

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Meet C.H.I.P., the World’s first $9 Computer

Chip ComputerC.H.I.P. is a $9 portable computer that can do a range of things a computer does. Designed as a chip, it contains a process, RAM and storage space to allow for a range of uses, like a computer would. It is able to use Libre Office, play games, connect to the Internet and use other application preinstalled in C.H.I.P.

The processor is 1GHz, with 512mb RAM and 4GB storage with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth included. Using the Bluetooth capabilities, users are able to connect their mouse and keyboard to C.H.I.P. and do their work, studies or procrastinate online. It is small, and has peripherals that can add-on, such as a VGA or HDMI add-on to connect to any screen. A Pocket C.H.I.P. turns the chip into a handheld computer with QWERTY keyboard and 4.3” touchscreen.

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